A spokesman for the Vietnamese government said that the division of its islands and territorial waters “into blocks for oil and gas exploration and exploitation is completely normal” and conforms with international laws.
“The cooperation project between Petrovietnam and BP of Britain has been implemented since 2000 and is within the bounds of Vietnam’s exclusive zones and continental shelf, completely under the sovereignty of Vietnam,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Le Dung, said in a statement.
The planned $2 billion gas field and pipeline project, about 370 kilometers, or 230 miles, southeast off Vung Tau on the southern coast, is adjacent to the BP-led Lan Tay-Lan Do gas fields that have been producing gas for power generation since 2002.
According to maps of the region, the Lan Tay-Lan Do gas fields are not within an ongoing joint seismic exploration effort in the Spratlys between the national oil companies of
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